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At the end of October each year our cattle and ponies are removed from the Penwith Moors. The ponies go to carry out winter conservation grazing at Mexico,Lethlean and Gwithian towans near Hayle, so they do not need any fodder for winter keep. The cattle go to two places. The main breeding herd goes to our land at Keigwin near Pendeen where they graze and are buffer fed on hay and silage and the young stock go to the clean field area of White Downs near Carn Galva, where they spend the winter building up a natural immunity to tick born disease’s like “Red Water”, they are also buffer fed on silage which was harvested on White Downs in the summer.
We try to keep the tractor movements to a minimum by keeping the hay and silage on,or very close to, the main feeding area at Keigwin and by positioning the silage round bales in pairs around the first field in White Downs, this keeps our carbon footprint to a absolute minimum.
We prefer making as much hay as possible as it eliminates the use of expensive plastic silage wrap.